Choosing a primary school

When you apply for a primary school place for your child you must tell us your 3 school preferences in order of priority. To make these preferences you will need to find out more about the schools.

Find schools in your area

Use our schools directory to find the schools local to you.

Linked area schools

If you live in a rural area or village, your local school may have a linked area. This may give you some priority if that school is oversubscribed. Use the schools directory to see if a school is linked to your local village or town.

You must include your designated, local or linked school as a preference if you want a place there.

Find out about the schools you're interested in

You can take the following steps to find out more about schools you are considering:

  1. View school detail, type, Ofsted reports and oversubscription admission criteria

    Use the schools directory to view the details for each primary school, their Ofsted and performance reports and admissions oversubscription criteria. Putting a school as first preference does not guarantee that you will get a place at that school. It is important for you to understand where your child will fall in the oversubscription
  2. Check whether you need to complete a supplementary information form

    Some schools in Northamptonshire require you to complete an information form, which goes directly to the school in addition to the preference form to the county council.
  3. Pick up a school prospectus

    Many schools have a prospectus or booklet. These are available to view on the school's website, or ask the school for a copy.
  4. Visit the school

    Most primary schools hold open evenings or days for parents. These give you a good opportunity to ask questions. You can find details and the dates and times of open evenings on the schools' individual websites - there are links to the websites in the schools directory.
  5. Understand the different types of schools

    Community schools and voluntary controlled schools

    The county council is responsible for the oversubscription admission criteria and the allocation of places.

    Voluntary aided schools and foundation (trust) schools

    School governors are responsible for setting the oversubscription admission criteria and the allocation of places.

    Academies and free schools

    The Academy Trust is responsible for setting the oversubscription admission criteria and the allocation of places.

    Northamptonshire County Council (NCC) is responsible for coordinating the application process so you must return your preference form to NCC for whichever type of school you are applying for.

  6. Attend a School Admissions Application Event for extra help and advice

    If you need any further advice about how to proceed or practical help to complete your child's application you can drop in to one of the following events:

  7. Venue​​Date​Time
    ​Towcester Library23 September​ 2016​10am to 12noon
    ​Rushden Library ​3 October 2016​9.30am to 12noon
    ​Corby Library​4 October 2016​10am to 1pm
    ​Duston Library ​10 October 2016​10am to 12noon
    ​Daventry Library ​11 October 2016​9.30am to 11.30am
    ​Northampton Central Library ​12 October 2016​10.30am to 1pm
    Kettering Library ​18 October 2016​9.30am to 11am
    ​Wellingborough Library ​19 October 2016​10am to 11.30am
  8. Find out if your child qualifies for free school transport

    Northamptonshire County Council will provide free transport on a school bus or via a bus pass for a scheduled bus service to their nearest available or linked or designated primary school for:

      • Children aged between 4 and their 8th birthday who live more than two miles from the school by the shortest walking route
      • Children aged 8 to 16 years old who live more than three miles from that school by the shortest walking route

    The shortest walking route might include footpaths, bridleways and other tracks that are not passable by cars. Home to school transport is not a door-to-door service.
    Primary school children may be expected to walk up to half a mile from home to their nearest pick-up point.

Does your child have special educational needs (SEN)?

Find out how you apply for a school place if your child has:

How to apply for a primary school place

How to apply

Private fostering

Do you work with children? If so, you may know of private fostering arrangements. This is where a child or young person up to the age of 16 (18 if ...

View on Facebook

Our 30 Days 30 Way UK emergency preparedness campaign is back! Launching on September 1st, the campaign will feature a daily message to encourage us ...

View on Facebook

Payments system - intermittent downtime

View on Facebook

Fostering and Adoption Open Evening

If you've been thinking about using your skills and experiences to help others and make a difference, this could be the time you change a life forever...

View on Facebook

Free 30 hours of childcare for 3 and 4 year olds

If you're the parent of a 3/4 year old and you’re working 16 hours a week on minimum or living wage, you could be eligible for 30 hours funded childca...

View on Facebook

European grant funding boost for digital projects in Northamptonshire

View on Facebook